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Professional Improvement

Purpose of Committee

 This committee shall identify and recommend to the Executive Committee appropriate professional improvement programs and activities, and plan, implement, and evaluate offerings.

Committee Members 2017-18
Phone (office)
Phone (cell)
Antonio Alba-Meraz
Jody Horntvedt
218-689-0281 (preferred)
Nathan Winter

Toni Smith (life member)
Landline 6515653495

2017-18 Committee Notes here.

2018 Professional Improvement Opportunities 

Join Us for a Minnesota Epsilon Sigma Phi Free “Meet Me” Conversation focused on
Decision-making About Medicare and Health Insurance in Retirement

When: October 31 (Halloween morning) from 9:30-10:45 AM
via online meeting space [, then enter event number 816 161 708]
or phone [call 1-866-282-7366 (toll free) or 210-606-9466 (from cell phone)]

Please CLICK HERE to let us know your plans so we can send updates/reminders!
For more details see flyer here.

MN ESP provided an opportunity for Extension employees to learn from each other discussing critical decision making in selecting health insurance in retirement.

To supplement the ESP phone discussion on October 31, 2019 we have included links for further individual research. Thanks to Kathy Murphy for gathering the links.

  1. Q&A with our federal BCBS representative based on questions you sent me, plus a few of my own
  2. FEHB & Medicare booklet taken from OPM website (many already have's my "go to" when retirees ask about FEHB & Medicare)
  3. Info for retirees and survivors contains a segment on suspending FEHB coverage
  4. A quick and easy handout taken from OPM's website about suspension
  5. Input from NARFE on topic of Medicare & FEHB
  6. A quick reference guide on Medicare & FEHB 
  7. A GREAT comparison of the 2019 BCBS plans...including their NEW option, "Blue Focus."

* Good overall BCBS and Medicare resource: 

Overall background on how federal employees qualify for medicare benefits:

Mail Handlers

Government Employees Health Association

ESP Pi Chapter Development webinar

Utilizing your Extension Skills when you Retire 
July 25, 2017